Ian Scott is the Leafs 15th ranked prospect

Ian Scott was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the last draft with Scouting Guru (citation needed) Mark Hunter at the helm. Scott spent his entire WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders, who selected him ninth overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, making him the highest goalie selected since the Tri-City Americans took Carey Price seventh in 2002.
At the time he was selected, Scott was coming off his first season as a WHL starting goaltender. In 50 games behind a hapless Raiders team, Scott went 12-31-3 with an .895 save percentage and two shutouts. Nothing eye-popping, but solid enough numbers for a goaltender shouldering a starter’s workload for the first time behind a bottom-three team. His stats coupled with his physical attributes and raw potential saw Scott named the third ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting entering the 2017 draft, where the Leafs made him the 11th goaltender selected at 110th overall. He signed his entry-level contract on December 14th, 2018.
Rank – Grade – NHL Readiness
15th — C — two-four yrs
Position: Goaltender
Age: 21
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 181 lbs
Drafted: 2017, Fourth round, 110th overall
What Kind of Player Is He?

So far in his …

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Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Let’s review all 3 years of LeBron James in LeBronto era

After winning his fourth championship in more of a floor general role, it’s time to review each series the Toronto Raptors and LeBron James battled against each other and see the various styles LeBron had. Whether you like him or not, there is no arguing that LeBron James is one of the greatest players the […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

NHL announcement on second phase of return to play expected by end of week

A report from The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta and Dennis Bernstein states that the National Hockey League is expected to make an announcement in regards to the second phase of its return to play plan.

The announcement, Pagnotta said, is expected to include details on the activation of that second phase.

The NHL is expected to make an announcement by the end of the week with details on the activation of Phase 2, league sources tell @DennisTFP and I.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 3, 2020

The second phase includes the opening of practice rinks for small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice involving no more than six players. They will be expected to maintain physical distancing at all times.
Surgical or non-surgical face masks will be expected to be worn at all times other than while exercising.
In late May, the league released the details of their return to play plan that included information on:

Travel to the Club’s Home City
Testing for Infection and Antibodies
Temperature/Symptom Check
Education Session
Pre-Participation Medical Evaluation
Symptomatic Persons During Phase 2
Permitted Activities
Permitted Personnel
Social Distancing, PPE, and Other Safety Measures
Personal Safety Precautions
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Activities …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top five performances from perfect Week 16

Week 16 saw the Toronto Raptors post a fourth straight week without a loss, injuries unable to slow the champs down. With players needing to step up, who made the top five performances list this week? Another week, another perfect record. This seems to be the norm these days for the Toronto Raptors, as they […]
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Author: Aditya Chandran / Raptors HQ

We’re Done Here, Right?

The Toronto Maple Leafs sit fourth in the Atlantic Divison at the moment. Their power play and penalty kill, both led by assistant coaches who were brought in this summer, rank in the bottom third of the league, respectively, while their odds at qualifying for the playoffs languish at precisely 33.4% prior to Saturday night, according to MoneyPuck.
I’m not going to pretend to know how those odds are actually calculated. But that seems bad, right?
It’s not merely that the Leafs have been bad thus far, though. In fact, “bad” would be fine. “Bad” is a hiccup, a temporary wrinkle that can be ironed out with a few players-only meetings and even more “pucks in deep”.
Contenders have been bad before. Ask any hockey boomer alive and they’ll spit out their dentures to tell you that “The St. Louis Blues were in last place on January 1st and look what happened!”
These Leafs aren’t bad. No, their issues lie far deeper than that, festering at their very foundation. What these Leafs are is broken. Their roster is infected, and since the night of April 23rd, 2019, their only treatment has been to amputate every body part but …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

2019 NHL Draft Recap: Kalle Loponen is a skilled right-handed defenceman worth taking a chance on

This is my fourth of six 2019 NHL Draft Recap articles, in which I do a deep dive into every Maple Leafs selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
In the 7th round with the 204th overall selection, the Maple Leafs took a flier on Finnish RHD Kalle Loponen, who split time between four Finnish leagues last season: Jr. B SM-Sarja (Finland’s 2nd tier junior league), Jr. A SM-Liiga (Finland’s top junior league), the Mestis (Finland’s 2nd tier pro league), and one game in the Liiga (Finland’s top pro league), where he was actually paired with new Leafs signing Teemu Kivihalme.
He’s quite an interesting prospect (who was honestly a little bit difficult for me to get a read on at first).
Let’s get into the scouting report:
Scouting Report
Puck Moving Ability
This was the part of Loponen’s game that was a bit tough for me to get a read on at first, which is a bit strange because moving the puck is usually something that you can either do, or you can’t do, and it’s obvious. With Loponen, the tools are there, for sure. He makes a good first pass up …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

Game 1 Turning Point: Kawhi and Gasol miss the switch, give up game-winner

The Raptors looked to be in control mid way through the fourth thanks to an 11-4 run, but some bench problems and a defensive mixup on the winning shot granted the Magic a huge confidence boost. In a game where the Raptors allowed a 15-0 run by Orlando — and got a 22-2 run going their way — the final result was ultimately decided by a late-clock 3-point shot by D.J. Augustin. As it happened, in the middle of the fourth, the Raptors were poised to take a series lead, until things got mixed up. The score was 90-86, the Raptors had just concluded an 11-4 run, regained some momentum, and Marc Gasol was just subbed in for Serge Ibaka.
Ibaka had been playing amazing defense against Orlando’s lone All-Star Nikola Vucevic all game, and so had Gasol. Vucevic was held to 3-of-14 for 11 points on the day, a far cry from his usual level of production (we’ll avoid that topic for now). Still, Gasol seemed a little cold off the bench. Upon his checking in, Vucevic found a brief moment of offensive freedom — assisting on a corner Aaron Gordon triple, before nailing a three of his own to …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ